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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Bryan Van Gorp

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN

Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn.

Economic impact

Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says there are both plus and minus impacts.

Plus - there will be some decent paying jobs created

Plus - for each mining job there will be a multiplier affect of about 1/10 job created in surrounding communities (most purchasing will be done outside local communities at major shopping hubs)

Plus - a few land owners and mining companies will make substantial profits

Minus - flicker affect – cycles of boom and bust based on price fluctuations resulting in increased unemployment

Minus - increased healthcare costs for local residence

Minus- decreasing population, he repeated several times that no one wants to live next to these things

Minus - decreased property values of 50 percent adjacent to the mine with decreasing impact out to 3 to 5 miles and along haul routes

Minus - decreased income from other sources such as tourism

His conclusion was basically no net economic gain or loss, it is a wash.

Social impact

Plus - no positive impact on quality of life other than the economic impact discussed earlier

Minus - increase in truck traffic resulting in more accidents, dust, noise, and slower commutes

Minus - increased road repair at tax payer expense

Minus - has already been proven to divide the community

Minus - decreased natural beauty and enjoyment of our environment

Minus - possible increase health problems caused by silicosis, diesel fumes, polyacrylamide use, as expressed by Dr. Feyereisn from Mayo Clinic

Minus - possible loss of springs, wells, and water contamination, this is likely if washing, processing, and mining near the water table are allowed

Net social impact is clearly negative.

Environmental impact

This is most important because a healthy economy or society is dependent on a healthy environment.

Plus - nothing conceivable

Minus - taking down scenic bluffs and scaring the landscape as is happening now in Wisconsin

Minus - decreased air quality from silica dus .....
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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Why vote ‘YES’ for R-P Referendum?

By Angela Colbenson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Angela Colbenson R-P School Board Chair On December 19, Rushford Peterson school district will be asking their voters to approve up to 15 million dollars to be utilized for building a new elementary building plus utilize a small portion to reha ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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